Producing short films with narrative, linear storytelling

Independent Short Film Producing 
Instructor: Lai Weijie 
Sat 6 Oct 2018, 1pm to 6pm
Objectifs Workshop Space
Workshop Fee: $150 

What exactly does a producer do, and how can they do their job well? This workshop led by producer Lai Weijie (POP AYETaste) will focus on producing short films with narrative, linear storytelling.

Participants will watch examples of short films and assess how they are effective, and practise writing loglines, after which they will brainstorm ideas and identify one to develop further during the class.

The workshop will also touch on the importance of a strong film title and film festival strategies. Ample time will be allocated for Q&A during which participants can learn not only from the instructor’s experiences but also those of their peers.

The workshop also offers an opportunity for reviewing past works — participants are also invited to share their own short film with the class, if they have one.

This workshop is suitable for both current and aspiring producers, and filmmakers with a short film idea or work in development. Participants should come prepared for a rigorous session and will maximise their learning by participating actively in the in-class activities, sharing ideas openly and being receptive to constructive feedback.

About the instructor: 

Lai Weijie is a film producer based in Singapore. A graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, his producing credits include the debut film by Kirsten Tan POP AYE — winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting at the Sundance Film Festival and the VPRO Big Screen Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam.

His latest project Taste was selected at L’Atelier at the Cannes Film Festival, received both the Co-Production Award and the Arte International prize at TorinoFilmLab, and was award the 2018 Purin Pictures Production Fund.

As Senior Programme Manager at the Singapore International Film Festival, Weijie co-programmes the Asian Feature Film Competition and initiated three film mentorship programmes: the Southeast Asian Film Lab, the Youth Jury & Critics Programme, and Southeast Asian Producer’s Network.